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BLC 25 Silver Lining Challenge part 1

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This is the final week of round 25. As part of the last challenge we are to do 3 things in a blog. I will tackle the first 2 parts in this blog and then once I’ve considered the plan a little more post a second blog with part 3.

1. Post or blog the best thing about your experience with the BLC this round or about the progress you made due to your participation in BLC
If you’ve seen the TV show you may have some very strong reservations about belonging to a group called the Biggest Loser Challenge. After all, the show is all about doing anything (including tearing others down to what some would consider cheating) to win the top slot.

Well, this team isn’t quite like that. Yes we are divided into different teams. Each team, while focusing on healthy living, has its own focus. Some teams focus on getting in a lot of exercise minutes; others target nutrition and eating within your range; while still others focus on social aspects and support. You choose your team and your team chooses you (you give your top 3 choices, usually but not always, you are given your top team choice) depending on where you want your focus to be for that 12 weeks.

I have been on 4 different teams over the years I’ve been involved with the BLC. Each fit my needs at the time, and there is a time that change is good because I get too comfortable and then stop trying as hard. Every team I have been on is full of people (mostly women, but there are men included) who are trying their best to live happy, healthy lives, to support and be supported by their teammates.

It is really tough for me to single out just one thing as best. I could talk about how motivating it is to be involved in a group dedicated to getting healthy, exploring different avenues to that goal and supporting each other. These were all big components in my success this round (as in round past). The support and camaraderie made this round fun.

But the thing that stands out for this round I think is that knowledge is power. On the CAMO Crew (my team this round) there was a lot of health talk. Talk about vitamin deficiencies how these deficiencies can affect out moods, energy and life. There are those who focus on strength training because it helps them maintain their mood as well as bones, muscles, etc. How drinking too little or too much water can also affect a number of things. As a result, I had my doctor do a more extensive blood test. I was diffident in vitamin D. Once I started supplementing my vitamin D I began feeling more energetic. I was able to exercise more which in turn helped manage my pain, which made me feel better and an upward cycle begun. I have only missed a handful of scheduled exercise sessions since. If all goes well with my final WI on Wednesday July 23, I will end this round with a loss. Granted it will probably be a small one, but that’s perfectly fine by me. Ending with a loss, any loss is a victory for me right now and can be built upon for next round

2. Post or Blog at least ONE NSV (Non-weight Related Victory) or accomplishment you did the round
The biggest (or at least the one that stands out most this round) is finishing 500,000 steps in 3 months. I had let myself forget this challenge for work during the first two and a half months of this challenge and needed close to 200,000 steps by the end of June. Well, with the encouragement of the CAMO Crew and pushing my body to the limit, finding out about a vitamin D deficiency and correcting it, I DID it. I managed to actually complete the challenge 2 days early.

I did not complete the week 12 fitness tests (as done in weeks 1 & 6) as I have been sick for the past 2 days. I plan to repeat the test sometime in the next week once I am healthy once again and post the results.
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    emoticon Huge smile maker my friend. Change can be good! Here is to a loss and moreover to feeling BETTER, STRONGER, FITTER! emoticon
    1338 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Awesome, it is so wonderful that you have made such strides with your health this round.


    Have a great day
    1338 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I have heard nothing but good things about these Biggest Loser Teams. They are inventive, smart and supportive, never bullying like the show. Congratulations on your success with them! Its a great idea to focus on the area you need help the most!
    1338 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    The BLC is the best team ever IMHO that helps daily in getting me and keeping me on track. For me it IS SP. It is what I spend my time here at SP on. Sorry to hear you are sick! emoticon emoticon BTW, I am SO HAPPY I met you on the CAMO Crew!! You are emoticon emoticon !!!!
    1338 days ago
    I didn't complete the fitness test either, partly because I just ran out of time (another busy busy busy day that had me going non-stop until... well, really I'm not done yet), partly because I had a combination of ugly cramps and a hormonal migraine that made the idea of things like crunches seem... nightmarish. I did get a lot of fitness minutes though carrying stuff back and forth, though!

    I agree but the information--I've learned a lot, and I found the stuff about the vitamins particularly interesting. And the cortisol. Lots of interesting and informative conversations!
    1338 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Great blog. The bullying nature of the TV programme is something that deters some SPers from joining the teams, which is a pity. I've put this in my blog too, and I think some others have addressed the issue as well!

    Like you, I've lost only a small amount of weight but have gained a lot in many other ways. See you on Round 26? Panther Penelope!
    1338 days ago
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